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Saltwater Crocodiles in the Wild

The east coast of North Queensland, including the Whitsundays region, is home to the famous saltwater crocodile. These giant reptiles are known for their amazing and awesome size, as well as their power and hunting skill.  The Whitsundays are a popular destination for those wanting to see these fascinating creatures in the wild, where they are often spotted in freshwater creeks and rivers throughout the Whitsunday region.


The Proserpine River is home to a large number of crocodiles, and flows into the ocean south of the Whitsundays. From this system and other waterways in the region, crocodiles have been recorded in other areas as well. With its high volume of crocodiles in the Proserpine River, was the state’s number one crocodile hotspot between 2000-2012, according to figures released by the State Government. There are boat tours that venture to the area so you can safely and easily see these animals in their natural environment. 


With warmer weather and the right water temperatures as well as large estuary areas of salt, fresh, and brackish water, the Whitsundays are an ideal natural habitat for crocodiles. They can easily live and hunt here and are often spotted out in the wild. Despite their name, they are most commonly found in freshwater rivers.


The best way to see these reptiles in their natural habitat is by boat along the Proserpine River. This is the most populous place where saltwater crocodiles are often out of the water sunning themselves. The crocodiles often re-enter the water when boats near, leaving their infamous croc-slides in the mud, which is an amazing sight to see. 

The Proserpine River Eco Tours Crocodile Safari offers visitors the opportunity for croc spotting. Running daily, this tour is a calm river cruise and is the only commercial tourism operator on this river. You all have the chance to see other wildlife including mud crabs, which are also native to the area. 

As the world's largest reptile, encountering a saltwater crocodile on your own in the wild would be intimidating. By joining an eco tour you can see these giant creatures from a safe distance and get to enjoy them in all their glory. 

Sam Clapham
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